New exhibit looks at the Civil War period at home, on battlefields

History buffs will commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial this year with celebrations, reenactments and speeches.
But Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, executive director of the Plymouth Historical Museum, says there are other reason visitors should “rediscover” the pivotal event in U.S. history.
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Infantry looks to fill re-enactment positions

The Tenth Michigan Infantry is seeking a few good men (and women) to join its ranks
With the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War approaching this April, the Tenth Michigan has 25 open positions in its forces for special re-enactment celebrations throughout the next four years.
David Rowley founded the regiment with his father, [...]

Civil War ammo pouch deserves extra care

“When my grandparents died 26 years ago I found this bag in their attic,” wrote Steve Walker of Macomb to Trash or Treasure recently.”My grandparents lived on a centennial farm in Ionia, Michigan. I have had this item stored in a box since that time and have always wanted to get more information on it.”
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To arrive in Michigan’s Henry Ford museum, Lincoln’s fateful chair took circuitous journey

Some time before the April 14, 1865, performance of “Our American Cousin,” Joe Simms, a Ford’s Theatre employee, carried a lushly upholstered rocking chair into what was to become the presidential box. The chair belonged to theater manager Harry Clay Ford and was among items moved in to make the presidential party more comfortable.
After the [...]

For River of Time re-enactors, price of accuracy costly

Paul Davis will lead his regiment into battle this weekend at Veterans Memorial Park.
And when he does, he’ll look the part of a Civil War Marine officer — right down to the buttons on his coat.
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Civil War reenactors bring the battle of Bentonville to Mount Pleasant

The south briefly rose again this weekend in Deerfield Park.
Nearly 200 people watched the portrayal at the sixth annual Mid-Michigan Civil War Muster Saturday and Sunday at Deerfield Park. Reenactors from all over Michigan replayed the battle of Bentonville.
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Whitehall Township showcase: Rain or shine, re-enactors at Hilt’s Landing animate nation’s past

Despite rainy weather Saturday, die-hard history fans flocked to Whitehall for a glimpse of the past.
“War goes on in the rain,” said visitor Bob Rathbun of Fremont. “The Civil War’s very interesting to me because I had a great-great-grandfather who fought in it.”
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Lakeshore Museum Center offering Civil War experience

Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing soon will be transformed into a Civil War encampment courtesy of the Lakeshore Museum Center.
“This should be a fun, family event with something for everybody,” said the museum’s executive director, John McGarry. “The event will educate the public on the Civil War era in a different and hands-on way. History [...]

Civil War soldier’s desk will stay in the family

Civil War items remain one of the most in-demand collectibles. From Confederate swords to Union uniforms, Americans can’t get enough of the War Between the States.
While most Bibles and journals aren’t worth much, Civil War items can be the exception. Janette and Duel (Ray) White of Highland Township are lucky enough to have a portable [...]

The 1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry: A March to Liberty

This month marks the 147th anniversary of one of Michigan’s greatest moments in the history of individual liberty. When the 1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry was recruited on Aug. 12, 1863, in light of the Emancipation Proclamation, giving blacks a chance to fight for liberty was a novelty. By the time the 1st Regiment returned [...]